TCDLA Membership and Information

Join TCDLA today!  Only $20.00 for student membership which includes the updated and annotated code of criminal procedure and penal code, along with seminar materials and other resources. Students will receive ten print issues of our voice for the defense magazine, participation in member listserves and many other membership benefits.

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Law School Student Event Request

TCDLA is also excited to sponsor presentations on a variety of different topics at your law school. We can customize the subject matter with an experienced speaker to meet your students’ needs. Additionally, TCDLA will provide lunch or dinner during these presentations. If you are interested in setting up a program please complete this form Law School Student Event Request or if you have any questions please contact Kierra Preston at or call 512.646.2731.


How Does the Law School Students Committee work for you?

The Mission of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as it relates to law schools is to familiarize students with the responsibilities which come with representing citizens accused of crimes, to make them aware of the resources available to criminal defense practitioners and to introduce them to the fellowship and camaraderie shared by those who stand between the government and the individual accused of a crime.   See who is on the Committee

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Recruiting Guide for Interns or Newly Licensed Lawyers


TCDLA Events - Click to see all upcoming event 
Students can attend most of the events virtual for free or miminal cost to attend in person with some including a travel stipend

Events Centered around Students: 
February - Career Pathways - Law Students & Lawyers 
June - Rusty Duncan Seminar 
October - Innocence for Students and Forensics Seminar

TCDLA Resources

Videos: The Career Pathways to Criminal Defense Practice - Watch Now 2022

Voice Articles: 5 Law School Myths Debunked (from a criminal defense attorney's perspective)